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Archive for August, 2018

Daily Review 31/08/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, August 31st, 2018 - 35 comments

Daily review is also your post. This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Don’t forget to be kind to each other …

Worst campaign video ever?

Written By: - Date published: 1:54 pm, August 31st, 2018 - 18 comments

Repbulican Ron Desantis has released what may be the worst campaign video ever.

Parliament and bullying

Written By: - Date published: 12:42 pm, August 31st, 2018 - 41 comments

It should be a qualification of being a Labour Member of Parliament that they treat their worked in an exemplary manner.

Business confidence verses business certainty

Written By: - Date published: 11:13 am, August 31st, 2018 - 37 comments

Lately the news has been all doom and gloom about business confidence.  But what is the reality?  And should we worry what an Australian Bank is telling us?

Facing Meka

Written By: - Date published: 9:11 am, August 31st, 2018 - 143 comments

How should Labour react to the loss of two Ministers in a week? And what would John Key have done?

Open Mike 31/08/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 31st, 2018 - 96 comments

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Daily Review 30/08/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, August 30th, 2018 - 29 comments

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Australia bans Manning but lets in Au pair for rich Liberal donors

Written By: - Date published: 5:14 pm, August 30th, 2018 - 45 comments

Following recent news it appears that in Australia Au Pairs of the rich and connected are welcomed and helped.  Seriously ill refugees are ignored.  And click bait racists are fine but peace activists are shown the door.

Simon Bridges says the weirdest things – petrol prices

Written By: - Date published: 9:41 am, August 30th, 2018 - 43 comments

Simon Bridges has been trying to create a narrative about increasing petrol prices being the fault of the current government.  But he has been tweeting an incorrect price and his claims about responsibility have been contradicted by BP.

Open Mike 30/08/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 30th, 2018 - 156 comments

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Daily Review 29/08/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:49 pm, August 29th, 2018 - 38 comments

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What’s wrong with asking people for their ideas?

Written By: - Date published: 2:26 pm, August 29th, 2018 - 78 comments

Labour and New Zealand First Ministers under the first term of the sixth Labour government sitting in the Cabinet office.

Guest post from Darien Fenton questioning National’s obsession with Government working groups.

Let Chelsea Manning speak

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, August 29th, 2018 - 146 comments

Chelsea Manning wants to visit New Zealand and talk about how evil war is and what should be done to stop it.  We should let her.

Open Mike 29/08/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 29th, 2018 - 89 comments

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Daily Review 28/08/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, August 28th, 2018 - 73 comments

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Simon’s first six months

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, August 28th, 2018 - 106 comments

Simon Bridges has now been leader of the Opposition for six months.  What has he to show for his time? People are questioning his judgment over his fixation on who leaked his travel information early.

Norway’s plastic bottle recycling

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, August 28th, 2018 - 16 comments

Norway’s recycling policies are that good that it is in serious need of more rubbish.

Litigation and equal pay – a history of the 1950’s equal pay campaign

Written By: - Date published: 7:26 am, August 28th, 2018 - 3 comments

Forward In 2016 I wrote the below dissertation as part of my History Honours degree at Victoria University.  This dissertation explores the 1950s equal pay campaign, and specifically looks at the Jean Parker Case. Jean Parker was a PSA member employed at IRD, who like Kristine Bartlett 60 years later, won a landmark equal pay legal […]

Open Mike 28/08/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:54 am, August 28th, 2018 - 124 comments

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Daily Review 27/08/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:34 pm, August 27th, 2018 - 15 comments

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Rental Rights Review

Written By: - Date published: 2:06 pm, August 27th, 2018 - 68 comments

The Labour led Government has announced a review into tenancy laws. It’s about time we balanced the rental market, which has for too long let renters down.

National plans to breach privacy rights of all of its MPs to find leaker

Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, August 27th, 2018 - 187 comments

National intends to continue with its investigation into who the leaker of Simon Bridges’s travel expense information was

Open Mike 27/08/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 27th, 2018 - 117 comments

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Remembering Chris Morley

Written By: - Date published: 3:21 am, August 27th, 2018 - 7 comments

On Friday 27 July 2018, Wellington Tramways Union Vice President Chris Morley passed away after a short battle with Cancer, aged 62. Chris had been a Wellington bus driver since 1978, when public transport in the city was run and controlled by Wellington City Council. In 2008 I was privileged to be elected to the Tramways Union […]

Bridges and National keep digging further on Leakgate

Written By: - Date published: 12:51 pm, August 26th, 2018 - 64 comments

A review of events over the past two weeks about the strange case of the leaked travel expense information, the expensive inquiry and the depressed MP.

Period. End. Done.

Written By: - Date published: 12:12 pm, August 26th, 2018 - 42 comments

The Scottish government has just taken a massive step to eradicate period poverty. Why not here?

Open Mike 26/08/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 26th, 2018 - 183 comments

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Australia, New Zealand, and Climate Change Politics

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, August 25th, 2018 - 37 comments

What are the implications for New Zealand’s climate change policies of Australia’s change of Prime Minister?

Open Mike 25/08/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 25th, 2018 - 11 comments

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Clare Curran Demoted

Written By: - Date published: 4:11 pm, August 24th, 2018 - 51 comments

Clare Curran has been demoted after failing to properly account for a meeting with entrepreneur Derek Handley.

Spull!

Written By: - Date published: 2:49 pm, August 24th, 2018 - 25 comments

Malcolm Turnbull is gone, the Liberal Party is engaged in a leadership battle, and a Texan popcorn maker has appeared as a potential new Prime Minister.

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